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September 22, 1989 - Image 110

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-22

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LIFESTYLES I'

PROFILE

Larry Lawson: Familiar Voices

CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ

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NAME: Lawrence Marshall Lawson
AGE: 42
OCCUPATION: Diagnostic radiologist
FAMILY: He is married to Gale Pam, who
works in the field of mathematics. His
two children, Rachel and Jeff, attend
Bloomfield Hills Schools. His parents,
Mayme and Victor Lawson, reside in
Oak Park. Brother Noel Lawson is a
pathologist and resides in Southfield.
One sister, Minde Cooper, works with
computers and resides in West
Bloomfield, while sister Deanna Pincus
of New York is a special education
teacher.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree
from Wayne State University, majoring
in mass communications. Medical
degree from Wayne State University.
SYNAGOGUE: Adat Shalom
ORGANIZATIONS: Adat Shalom Men's
Club and various medical societies. "I
was in the turtle club in high school!'
FAVORITE BOOK: The Source by James
Michner. "It took me longer to read it
than it took him to research and write
it?'
HOBBIES: Tennis, traveling with the
family, music from the 1950s and '60s.
LATEST' ACCOMPLISHMENT: "A few
months ago I was seated at the Stage
before the rest of my party arrived. I
also sighted Elvis at Brody's He was
probably in the huskie department. I
wrote some jokes for Joan Rivers, and
she used one on the "Tonight Show!'

PHILOSOPHY: "The importance of family.

Family comes first particularly in
Judaism!'

BACKGROUND: Larry Lawson grew up in
Oak Park and attended public school.
He enjoyed the area and has fond
childhood memories. He recalls his
home bar mitzvah and family vacations
as highlights.
One of his early interests was music.
As- a teenager he played guitar and was
part of the band Urban Renewal that
performed at bar mitzvah and fraternity
parties.
As a high school senior, he was
involved with a lampoon publication
and enjoyed writing satirical sketches.
Comedy writing then became a hobby.
"I was influended by Steve Allen and
Mad magazine?' When his friend
became a disc jockey in Canada, Lawson
sent him some material that was aired
on the radio.
After graduating Oak Park High
School in 1965, he entered Wayne State
University. Lawson decided to major in
mass communications because he was
certain that he wanted to be a physician
and did not want to limit himself to
only science courses.
When Dick Purtan came to Detroit
in the mid-60s, Lawson liked his sense
of humor and sent Purtan some
material. After a meeting, Lawson
became the Storylady, a voice on
Purtan's morning radio show. Purtan,
Lawson and the Storylady have been
together for 22 years.
Today the Storylady and Purtan are
on the radio station WKQI or Q95.
Lawson describes the Storylady as
michievous, who often has a nursery
rhyme after a current event one-liner.
Vintage Storylady lines are: "Boys and
girls, if you have scruples, don't scratch
them!' One commercial following the
Storylady's words of wisdom is: "The
Storylady is sponsored by the Storylady
Muffler Co. Our guarantee is for five
years or five days, whichever comes
first!'
Lawson's other voice on Purtan's
program is Wendell Ledbetter, a
befuddled man whose interpretations of
current events or the Bible are off-color
in a humorous manner.
When Lawson is not writing comedy
or reading X-rays, he enjoys vacationing
with his family. "I went to Israel last
year and that was a real peak!'

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RABBI DIAMOND

Rabbi Chuck Diamond opened the
Congregation Shaarey Zedek school year
with a bang, dressed in gangster -attire
and accompanied by suspect characters.
This unusual arrival captivated the
audience and created excitement among
the parents and students. Students Amy
Kelman, P.J. Cherrin, Lonni Meyers

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